New York City, and the west, are at a greater risk of terrorist attacks than any time since 9/11 and the citizens and the government need to take heed, former Republican New York Gov. George Pataki said Monday on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.

“We just see this global network of extreme Islamic groups committed to attacking us and our citizens anywhere in the world,” he said. “We’ve had a porous border and ISIS is well funded and if they choose or have chosen to fund people coming across the border of this country they may well be here. 

“As to the specific actions the city and state are taking to protect the subways, all I can say is that when I was governor, whenever we had a general awareness of a heightened risk, we would enhance security and I have to believe that the NYPD is tremendous, the New York state emergency response and state police are tremendous and that they are taking the appropriate steps. I no longer can tell you specifically what they’re doing but I know they’re very good, I know they’re aware of this threat, and I have no reason not to believe that they’re doing what’s appropriate.”

He’s hopeful that the complacency Americans may have been lulled into before the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the “barbaric treatment of westerners” has been extinguished.

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